Identities Project Past Events

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Spring 2020 Calendar of Events
Mon, Jan 20
11 AM - 7 PM
FAC Hospitality Suite
MLK Day Knit-a-Thon

Join us on Monday, Jan. 20 for the third annual MLK Day Knit-a-Thon! Stop by to knit 5”x  5” squares together to form blankets for Project Linus. We will have staff available throughout the day to teach any beginners or people who might need a refresher. We will also be showing various videos/documentaries that tackle some of the important issues and systems Dr. King fought to dismantle.

For more information, contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu

Thurs, Feb 6
7-8:30 PM
NRC 196

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A Thousand Paper Cuts: An Identities Project Panel Exploring Microaggressions

A microaggression is a casual or common verbal, behavioural, or environmental indignity. Microaggressions can be intentional or unintentional, but the thing they all have in common is that they communicate negative prejudices. They can range from negative to derogatory to hostile, and can be targeted at any group - but particularly marginalized groups. 

Join our panel as they talk about their experience being on the giving and receiving ends of microaggressions, share examples of common microaggressions you may not have thought of, and explore how we can do better. Treats will be provided, and all are welcome to this free event!

Tues, Feb 18
7-8:30 PM
NRC 196

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Civil Dialogue on Reproductive Rights

Reproductive rights are a hot-button topic, and the range both of points of  discussion and opinions is endless. Join our panel consisting of a Catholic nun, a medical professional, a New Horizons advocate, and informed student body members as we explore the reproductive rights conversation using a civil dialogue model  to explore this issue from a moral lens. 

Treats will be provided. The campus community is invited and encouraged to attend this free event. 

Thurs, Feb 27
7-8:30 PM
NRC 196

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PROMISE Committee and Identities Project Presents: Guante on Men and Masculinity 

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a poet, educator, and activist based in Minneapolis, MN. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and he’s performed everywhere from the United Nations, to music festivals like Eaux Claires and Soundset, to countless colleges, universities, and conferences. A two-time National Poetry Slam champion, Tran Myhre has also given a TEDx Talk, published a book (available now via Button Poetry), and can currently be heard as the co-host of “What’s Good, Man?” a podcast on healthy masculinity.

In this interactive presentation/dialogue, Guante uses poems and storytelling as entry points into dialogue about what lessons boys and young men learn about “what it means to be a man,” the potential danger in some of those lessons, and what we can all do to help build a world free from gender-based violence.

Tues, Mar 3
7-8:30 PM
NRC 196

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Documentary and Discussion: Gender Revolution 

Join us for a free screening of Katie Couric's 2016 documentary, Gender Revolution! 

Gender and sexuality are fluid. In 2016, transgender issues are altering the nature of day-to-day interactions. What do you do when your 7-year-old son announces that he wants to be a girl? Or your husband of 30 years announces that he wants to be a woman? How do college students at All Girl colleges react when "he" becomes a "she." 

Newscasting legend Katie Couric takes us on a unique journey - from birth to death - to discover the dynamics of gender in 2016. 

Wed, Mar 25
7-8:30 PM

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Theology on Tap: Faithful Citizenship (working title)

As we approach a Presidential election, it is critical to know where your values stand - and why. Join Theology on Tap for a discussion on forming awareness and consciousness around political issues.  

Voter registration will be available at this event. All are welcome!

Tues, Mar 31
7-8:30 PM
NRC 195

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CANCELLED

Know Your Options: Presidential Candidate Stances

2020 is a Presidential Election year! No matter your political ideology, it's best to be fully informed on where Presidential candidates stand on issues ranging from health care to immigration to education. 

Join us for a session of learning which of your values are most important to you when choosing a candidate,  what candidates have said or done in the past, and the promises they're running on. Not sure how to vote? We'll teach you how to use your student ID to vote just a few blocks from campus! 

Voter registration will be available at this event. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn and share!

Thurs, Apr 16
7-8:30 PM
NRC 196

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Civil Dialogue on Professionalism (dress/socioeconomic status)

Blazers, knee-length pencil skirts, neckties, shoes with a heel, neat hair, no visible tattoos or piercings... the checklist for dressing like a professional is endless. Does it matter? What if you don't have the funds for a professional wardrobe? Does the definition of professionalism vary between workplace? 

Join the Identities Project and Career services as our panel of professionals and individuals navigating the changing workplace. Snacks provided, and all are welcome and encourage to take part in the conversation!

Tues, Apr 21

CANCELLED

Fresh Check Day (hosted by the PROMISE Committee)

Join the PROMISE Committee for Viterbo's Fresh Check Day!

Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.

Tues, Apr 28
7-8:30 PM
NRC 195

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SGA's Human Library

Join us for the second annual, wildly popular Human Library! Meet a variety of individuals, hear their stories, and learn about life through their unique outlook on the world. Challenge stigma, stereotypes and prejudices through open, honest, and civil conversation with members of our community. All are welcome to enjoy conversation, company, and refreshments.

Interested in volunteering to be part of the library? Send an email to medgar66372@viterbo.edu or mcfrazier@viterbo.edu.

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

Thursday, Sept. 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

D.B. Reinhart Ethics Lecture with Tara Westover, Author of Educated

Tara Westover is the author of Educated, Viterbo's 2019 Common Read. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. 

Join the Viterbo community for this free lecture, paired with the 2019 common read of Educated. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Constitution Day Event

Join the Identities Project for Viterbo's annual Constitution Day event! More details to follow.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Men in Nursing and Women in STEM: The Gender Binary in Professional Settings

Have you ever heard that nursing is a "women's job" or that Technology jobs are "better suited" for men?

Join our panel as they explore what the gender binary means to them, as well as share their experiences working in traditionally gendered careers.

Thursday, Sept. 26 
3:30-5 p.m.
Nursing 101

Identity and the Media: Discovery or Distortion?

Where are you getting your information? Are you able to identify bias in reporting?

Join us as we examine a current news story through the lens of multiple news outlets to see which identities are pulled out, and the stories that are formed as a result. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1
5 p.m.
UW-L Clock Tower to Western Technical College to Viterbo University

Take Back the Night March (in partnership with UWL and TC)

Take Back The Night Events have been documented in over 36 countries, in over 800 communities, with more locations taking a stand every year.  We have reached over 30 million people with our message of strength and support, and our commitment to ending sexual violence. Join the tri-campus community as we participate in this national initiative by marching from campus to campus, with speakers and activities along the way.

Tuesday, Oct. 8
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Hunger and Homelessness in College Students

In a 2017 survey, 20% of college students reported being hungry, and 13% homeless. Learn about food deserts, housing inequality, and other pieces of this puzzle. We’ll learn about the problems, both nationally and locally, resources available to those struggling, and what we can do to make a difference. Join the conversation at free event, which promises to be engaging and educating! 

Wednesday, Oct. 16
7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Screening of Hailing Cesar 
(part of Hispanic Heritage Month) 

"I was only three years old when Cesar passed away. Growing up comfortably in the Bay Area, where my father Fernando was a lawyer, I had difficulty connecting with my grandfather’s life.

After a turning point in my life, I began to explore the places, learn about the people, and carry out the activities that were so important to Cesar. My journey included working in the fields, picking grapes, as both my grandfather and father once did.

My goal is to share Cesar's message with a new generation. This film is my first step in honoring his legacy.

- Eduardo Chavez"

 

This film explores the director 's journey to understand the legacy and struggle of his grandfather, the civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Join us for the film and Q&A with Eduardo Chavez, director.

Wednesday, Oct. 23
3 - 5 p.m.
Outside of VAC

Fresh Check Day (hosted by the PROMISE Committee)

Join the PROMISE Committee for Viterbo's first Fresh Check Day!

Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.

Thursday, Oct. 24
6-8 p.m.
Nursing 196

Civil Dialogue on End of Life Care / Death Cafe

End-of-life care refers to health care, not only of a person in the final hours or days of their lives, but more broadly care of all those with a terminal condition that has become advanced, progressive, and incurable. 

Join our panel as they discuss resources available in the La Crosse community, the ethics of end of life care, and what is ours to do for those in the final stages of life. 

Immediately following questions with the panelists, join us for a regularly scheduled Death Cafe

Thursday, Nov. 7 
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

Civil Dialogue on Immigration
 

Immigration is a fiercely debated topic in this country. What does it mean to seek asylum? Is it true that "no human is illegal"? How do you become a citizen of the United States - and why don't more people choose the legal route? 

Join our panel as we explore what it means to be an immigrant, the impact immigration has on the United States, and issues that immigration effects. 

Thursday, Nov. 12
7-8:30 p.m.
UW-La Crosse Student Union
(Bluffs Ballroom)

Voices of Men: Call to Action

Voices of Men works to engage men of all ages to be active partners in creating a community free of domestic and sexual violence. Join guest speakers Chelsea Bongert (wife, mother, teacher, rape survivor) and Kyle Tran Myhre (two-time national slam poetry champion and Onalaska high grad) as they share their stories and help us become part of the solution. 

More information can be found at the Facebook event page

Thursday, Nov. 14
6:00 p.m.
Common Ground Building 
1334 Pine St

United Campus Ministry Presents: A Talk with Bp. Patrick Augustine

Bishop Augustine is the former priest at Christ Episcopal Church and is now associate bishop of the Sudan. He will be talking to us about the realities of refugees, minorities and religious persecution in the South Sudan.

 

UCM at Common Ground has a special ministry to college students, but as part of Global Initiatives Week they are opening this program up to the community.

 

 

Common Ground Campus Ministry - 1334 Pine St, La Crosse, Wi 54601

Wednesday, Nov. 20
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

 

Intersectionality in Oppression: Where Judaism and the Spanish-Speaking World Meet

Intersectionality refers to the interconnected nature of social categorizations as they apply to a group.  

Our panel - consisting of an acclaimed author, a current student researcher, a nationally recognized Sephardic (member of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal) Jewish scholar, and a local rabbi -  will talk about their unique experiences to help broaden understanding of this often unseen group of people, and broaden our understanding about the intersection of identities. Snacks are provided, and all are welcome!

Thursday, Dec. 5
7-8:30 p.m.
Nursing 196

SGA's Documentary and Discussion

Join Student Government Association for a free documentary screening and talk-back. Snacks will be provided, and all are welcome to this free event.

Spring 2019 Calendar of Events

Monday, Jan. 21
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
NRC 104

MLK Day Knit-a-Thon (Hosted by Service Saturdays)

Join us on Monday, Jan. 21 for the second annual MLK Day Knit-a-Thon! Stop by Nursing Center room 104 to knit 5”x  5” squares together to form blankets for Project Linus. We will have staff available throughout the day to teach any beginners or people who might need a refresher. We will also be showing various videos/documentaries that tackle some of the important issues and systems Dr. King fought to dismantle.

For more information and to sign up on UGetConnected, CLICK HERE
Have questions or need more information? Contact Colin Burns-Gilbert at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu

Saturday, Jan. 26
8:30 a.m.
RCE 127 

Service Saturday with the Sisters

Join Service Saturday to extend service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day into the weekend. On Saturday Jan. 26, we’ll be sending groups to serve with the FSPA in St. Rose Convent, the WAFER Food Fair distribution event, Aptiv, and the Parenting Place. The day wraps up after lunch and conversation in the Reinhart Center Board Room around 1 p.m. 

CLICK HERE to register through UGetConnected. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Colin Burns-Gilbert at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu with any questions or concerns. 

Monday, Feb. 4
5–7 p.m.
RCE 127

Documentary and Discussion on Poverty, Inc. (in collaboration with the Global Outreach Club)

Fighting poverty is big business. But who benefits the most? Winner of 11 film festival awards and 30 honors, Poverty Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Join the Global Outreach Club as we grapple with the business of doing good. All are encouraged to attend, and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, Feb. 15
6–7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre

 

Acting Studio Production of Student Body

A group of buddies is hanging out in their campus's scrappy theater, surrounded by plywood and power tools, when a freshman arrives seeking advice. She has discovered video on her camera from last week's party, and amid the revelry is footage of what looks like a rape. Should she call the cops? Delete the file? What if the apparent victim was willing—or the apparent rapist was someone they know? As the group debates, argues, and eventually votes (then votes again, and again) on what to do, stories from that night emerge, revealing that everyone present played some role in what happened, and everyone has something to lose.

Join Viterbo theatre students as they share a compelling story of difficult ethical questions through drama. A talk-back with the cast and community resources will take place after the production.  

Thursday, Feb. 21
7–8:30 p.m.
NRC 196

Civil Dialogue: Is Feminism Necessary?

Equality or superiority? Raising up women or bringing down men? Are gender differences important, or should they be dismantled? Join us as we engage with our panel of Viterbo community members in an important civil conversation about feminism, what it means, and if it is helping or hurting the movement for equality in the world. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. 

Tuesday, Feb. 26
7–9 p.m.
FAC Main Theatre

 

Ethics Lecture and Talk-back: Thomas Mangelsen

Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 40 years observing and photographing the earth’s last great wild places.

Part of the Annual Leopold Day Celebration, we will have the opportunity after Mangelsen speaks to have a more intimate reflective conversation in conjunction with the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 5
7–8:30 p.m.
NRC 195

SGA's Human Library

Meet a variety of individuals, hear their stories, and learn about life through their unique outlook on the world. Challenge stigma, stereotypes and prejudices through open, honest, and civil conversation with members of our community. All are welcome to enjoy conversation, company, and refreshments.

Interested in volunteering to be part of the library? Send an email to medgar66372@viterbo.edu or mcfrazier@viterbo.edu.

Thursday, March 21
7–9 p.m.
FAC Main Theatre

Ethics Lecture and Community Talk-back: Magda Herzberger

Magda Mozes Herzberger was born on Feb. 20, 1926, in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto, which was liquidated only a month later. Herzberger and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.

Join us for our yearly Holocaust speaker. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to have a more intimate reflective conversation in conjunction with the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 26
7–8:30 p.m.
NRC 196

Civil Dialogue on White Privilege/Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

What does it mean to have privilege? Should you feel bad for having it? Does being born white grant you privilege not available to people of color? Join our panel of experts as they explore what white privilege means and what to do with it through the lens of Peggy McIntosh’s Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 9
7–8:30 p.m.
RCE 127

Hunger and Homelessness in College Students

In a 2017 survey, 20% of college students reported being hungry, and 13% homeless. Learn about food deserts, housing inequality, and other pieces of this puzzle. We’ll learn about the problems, both nationally and locally, resources available to those struggling, and what we can do to make a difference.